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he and his brother refused to cash the annual $485,000 rent checks the united states pays for guantanamo as protest. thank you for being part of my program. i will see you next week. i don't know anything about david duke or what you are talking about with white supremacy or supreme assist. >> donald trump dodging questions about the kkk tweeting he disavows the david duke endorsement. newsroom starts now. >> thank you for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. the search for clarity over who supports donald trump is intensifying this hour. we are talking about donald trump and the kkk. trump tweeting an hour ago he
disavows david duke, the white supremacist. he said as i state on friday regarding david duke i disavow and he posted a clip thoof press conference. >> mr. trump, how do you feel about the endorsement from david duke? >> i didn't know he endorsed me. david duke endorsed me? i disavow, okay. >> this on the heels of his interview this morning with jake tapper's state of the union where donald trump dodged questions about duke's support. >> i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know anything about what you are talking about with white supremacy or supremacists. i don't know. did he endorse me or what's going on? you know, i know nothing about david duke or white supremacists. so you are asking me a question i'm supposed to be talking about people that i know nothing about. >> the question from the
anti-defamation league is even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are groups and individuals endorsing you. would you say you condemn them and don't want their support? >> i have to look at the group. i don't know what group you are talking about. you wouldn't want me to condemn a group i know nothing about. if you would send me a list of the groups, i will do research on them and disavow if i thought there was something wrong. >> the ku klux klan. >> there maybe groups in there that are fine and it would be unfair. give me a list and i will let you know. >> i'm talking about david duke and the ku klux klan. >> i don't know david duke. i have never met him and don't know anything about him. >> bring in chris who is following the trump campaign from alabama. what more is being said beyond this tweet? >> i will tell you, what is interesting about the interview with jake tapper he said he doesn't know david duke.
that may be true. going back 16 years in 2000 when donald trump decided not to run for the reform party nomination, he said in part "the reform party now includes a klansman, mr. duke. this is not company i wish to keep. clearly donald trump did know about david duke, knew about his affiliation with the ku klux klan. it is important to remind our viewers that david duke was a former grand wizard of the white supremacist group and on friday we heard he answered a question similar to jake tapper's this morning saying david duke endorsed me, okay, all right. i disavow. after his interview on cnn's state of the union this morning, trump did tweet moments ago saying "as i stated on friday, regarding david duke i disavow." what's interesting is the tweet was after his republican opponents start aed to hit him for refusing to disavow on cnn.
ted cruz tweeting earlier saying "really sad. donald trump you are better than this." we should uaw agree racism is wrong. kkk is abhorrent and marco rubio weighing in saying there is no way the republican party should nominate for president someone who refuses to repudiate the white supremacist group and also worth pointing 0 out the gop spokesman saying, are you kidding, of course the gop has and does denounce these groups and people. we will see in an hour or so when donald trump comes to the stage at a rally here in madison, al, whether he talks about this more. >> thank you so much. we will check back with you. joining me is the director of the center for politics at the university of virginia and brian morgan stern. good too to both of you. let me begin with you, how do you explain this? especially the sequence of events. first he disavows on friday and
in the interview today he tries to distance himself from a decision of disavowing and even saying he didn't know enough about the group, kkk or david duke. with the latest tweet saying, i made myself clear on friday. i disavow. what's behind this? >> it is almost inexplicable. it would be funny if it weren't so serious. david duke is one of the most odious figures in all of american history. the grand wizard of the kkk and a neo-nazi. the republican party did, in fact, condemn duke when he ran for governor of louisiana in 1991. as far as trump goes, it's impossible he doesn't know who david duke was. your correspondent chris cited an example from 2000 and a few days ago he commented on duke's apparent endorsement of trump. my suggestion to mr. trump is, this is an answer to a question
you really ought to memorize. memorize it and use it frequently. >> what did donald trump stand to gain by this back and forth and this attempt at clarity or, you know, not jumping in to the fray of being more specific about his point of view for a moment? >> you hit the nail on the head. why would he do this? to steal headlines from his opponents. you don't disavow a guy on friday and pretend not to know him on sunday. and then disavow him again. if you are not trying to steal headlines the reason he's had a tough few days. rubio has been calling him a con artist but this is another con. this is what he he does. he he questions somebody's birth certificate or somebody's eligibility. now he will pull this stunt. this is what he does. pull the wool over people's eyes and the press is playin in to it. >> you are calling it a stunt. >> exact. >> i to get attention. >> he is not dumb enough to be
able to say i don't know who david duke is. give mae break. he is stealing the cycle back from his opponents who are pummelling him. >> how do you see it, larry? does that make sense? >> it could be a stunt. he's appearing now in alabama. not that most people in alabama would have anything to do with david duke, but i think it is pretty clear that trump sends subliminal messages to various groups that may not be acceptable publicly in american politics, but he will be happy to accept their votes. do you see this as donald trump's way of saying i want everyone's support by not classifying any vote or particular group as unappetizing. brian? >> i don't think so. he came out and said i disavow. it was.
>> that became an after thought today. >> that is after the equivocation it would be a headline. he gets to plead ignorance and stupidity and come out and reclaim the mantle of morality like an hour later. it's a stunt to get attention. we are buying in to it. it is so frustrating. >> larry, let's talk about donald trump. he talked today about how some of the gop are taking to social media to say they won't support him if he wins. here's what he said to jake tapper on "state of the union" this morning. >> i signed a pledge. the pledge is a two-way street. if it is not that way they have a problem with me. we have a tremendous amount of people. i'm not representing myself. i'm representing a lot of anger out. there we're not angry people but angry at the way the country is
run and a lot of them are angry at the way the republican party is run, jake. >> i want to ask you about that. >> the republican party is not being run properly. >> i want to ask you about that. republicans in washington, d.c. are starting to tell republican senators that they don't have to go to the convention if they are the nominee. they should think of running against you if you are the nominee. that combined with marco rubio doing the never trump hashtag. do you think republicans are violating the pledge? >> totally. if they want to play the game i can play it better than they k. and i have more people than they do. doing that is a total violation of the pledge, yes. >> how do you see this possible hypocrisy of the pledge? >> i think republicans are headed for a split whether trump is the nominee or not. this has gone so deep for so long. if trump is the nominee, there's no way on god's green earth that
many rank and file republicans can vote for him or go to the convention or do the things they normally document if he's not the nominee, a lot of the voters will be so angry they will sit out the election. the republican party has a big, fat problem. >> already. brian, real quick. >> i was going to say, talk about inducement of the breach, there are a few given assumptions we shoild take advantage of the candidate, fascist, no, communist, no, white supremacist, no. these are simple ones. he is goating the party in to controversy and what he does best. >> thank you so much, gentlemen. appreciate it. always good to see you. gist two days away from super tuesday, we will have complete coverage all day here on cnn. up next, marco rubio just responding to trump's interview saying mr. trump knows who david duke is and he did not stop
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so he knows exactly who david duke is. he was asked this morning two times, will you repudiate and condemn the ku klux klan and he refused to do that, as well. we cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white sup priss and the ku klux klan. we cannot be a party who does that. >> jason, what more was said? more specifically what about marco rubio supporters, wa are they saying about everything that's unfolded? >> i can tell you in terms of his supporters, they are telling us they are really -- whenever he goes after donald trump it's something they support. they are supporting this new strategy of going after him and going after him hard, whether it be on the issue of david duke, the issue of being a con man. i'm sure today we will hear more when rubio takes the stage out
here. him criticizing donald trump about this nonendorsement or endorseme endorsement, if you will, of david duke. we will hear more about the con man, which is what rubio is pushing. the reason he is doing this, he says i'm not a man or candidate who wanted to get to this point. i didn't want to get to the point of personal attacks but he said i'm the under dog here and america and american voters are not picking up, in his words on who this man donald trump really is, calling him a con man, not just when it comes to his business practices, the allegations about trump university but the allegation of him not being a conservative. keeping up the pressure on trump whether it be terms of releasing his taxes, on the issue of david duke or trump university. what you can expect today is more of the same. fredricka. >> it is the language of the con man or he's not a true
conservative what traction is that getting among rubio supporters? >> it is getting traction among supporters simply because they realize going in to super tuesday they realize their man is the underdog. if you look at polling he's not leading in any of the super tuesday states. when pressed on with super tuesday states he could win he dodged the issue. he said we will pick up delegates on super tuesday and predicted he would win florida. his supporters know going forward he has to place better than second or third. he has to start to win states if he's going to have a shot at the nomination. would they like to see policy issues discussed, yes. for now going after trump is something they support. >> jason carroll in mid lothian, virginia, thank you so much. marco rubio will be appearing there. coming up, hillary clinton with a big win in south carolina. could this be an indicator of what to expect on super tuesday? plus, bill clinton on the trail in a heated exchange with
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victory in the south carolina primary creaming the vermont senator with 74% of the vote. exit poll shows it was african-american voters who propelled her to victory. she got 84% of the black vote in zb zk compared to 16% for sanders. in her victory speech, she thanked voters and sanders and made it clear she was ready to expand her campaign. >> we have now gone through four early states. i want to congratulate senator sanders on running a great race and tomorrow this campaign goes national. >> that national campaign begins today in nashville, tennessee. live shots right there whenever hillary clinton does emerge. hillary clinton will hold a rally any moment. we will go there thrive talk about the race with the
political panel. larry sabato from the university of politics in virginia and a hillary clinton supporter. her firm works for a pro clinton super pac. you are also a super delegate. >> i am. >> got that prestige, too. >> hillary clinton has a lot of momentum coming off the big win in south carolina and going in to super tuesday. she said i'm not taking any of it for granted. she still has to earn every vote. what does that mean in your view? how does she try to convince people that she should be the one that gets the job? >> that's what she has to do. that's what she has to say. the truth is, after a tough start in february, the clinton campaign has gotten its groove. it is not just a big win in south carolina. it is what is coming tuesday. while bernie sanders may win a couple of contests, certainly
vermont has a chance in massachusetts, some other states hillary clinton will sweep the rest. frankly, i think that's all she wrote. not that sanders is dropping out. he is going to stay in and try to get as many delegates as possible, try to influence the platform but i don't think there is any doubt left that hillary clinton will be the nominee. >> is the campaign feeling confident -- is that any way an indicator of the potential outcome for the six southern states up for grabs on super tuesday? >> i think they are feeling good. obviously when you win this way it is a great feeling. i want to underscore they are not taking anything for granted. she is working her heart out to appeal to every voter, to earn every vote. i think bernie sanders has run a terrific campaign and made the democratic party better.
it has made senator, secretary clinton better. i think she has made beenny better. as a clinton supporter, i would say i don't want beenny to drop out. i think this is a debate and a conversation that needs to happen in the democratic party and the more it happens, the more enthusiasm there will be on our side. especially when you compare it to the craziness going on the republican side. i think people see that our two candidates are actually out there, focused on the issues, trying to bring solutions to the huge problems that america is facing right now. >> it's not all smooth sailing for the clinton campaign. bill clinton campaigned hard in south carolina for his wife. perhaps that helped propel her to that victory. the former president also had this rather testy exchange with a protester who interrupted his speech to ask about think benghazi attack. listen. >> i heard you. can i answer? do you want -- are you going to
let me answer? this is america. i get to answer back. you listen to me. i heard you. wait a minute. i heard your speech. they heard your speech. you listen to me now. do i have a right to answer? i'm not your commander in chief anymore but if i were i'd tell you to be more polite. sit down. >> larry, the former president there inviting a continued exchange. i'm going to answer your question. what does this mean on the campaign trail? is this an indicator of a prelude of other potential exchanges to come? >> well, you never know with bill clinton. look, in some countries, like the united kingdom, it's traditional to engage with hecklers. i don't think it is appropriate, certainly for a former president, to do that. i think he would be better off not. least he didn't say he'd like to punch the guy in the face.
>> exactly. >> what should he have done in your view? ignore him? >> that's what security personnel are for. they are supposed to usher these people out gently, not roughing them up but gently and you go on with your speech. >> maria, do you think the former president handled it the best way, or is there any way this could come back on hillary clinton or is this a plus for her that he handled it this way? how do you see it? >> i think there's no question the issue of benghazi, especially in the general election, is going to continue to come up because republicans won't let it go. i think the president handled the best he could. i think he should have done one other thing, which is to take the heckler's address and send him a signed copy of the 11 hours of tape that secretary clinton had on the hill talking about benghazi. i think that would answer all of his questions and underscore the
reason why bill clinton believes, her campaign believes and the majority of america believes she's the best person to take on the role of commander in chief. >> thank you so much. appreciate that. >> thank you. coming up, behind the scenes at a so-called desperate mission by leaders in the republican party to stop donald trump. the "new york times" with an eye-opening report. maggie haberman is joining me live next.
thank you for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. the search for clarity over who supports donald trump is intensifying this hour. we are talking about donald trump and the kkk. trump tweeting he disavows the white supremacist david duke. trump said as i stated at the press conference on friday, i disavow. he posted a clip of the press conference. this comes on the heels of his
interview this morning with jake tapper on cnn's "state of the union" where trump dodged questions about duke's support. >> i have to look at the group. i don't know what group you are talking about. you wouldn't want me to condemn a group i know nothing about. if you smend a list of groups i will disavow if i thought there was something wrong. there maybe groups that are fine and it would be unfair. give me a list and i will let you know. >> i'm just talking about david duke and the ku klux klan here. >> i don't know david duke. i don't believe i have ever met him and i don't know anything about him. >> rubio and cruz criticized trump for not denouncing the kkk. a desperate mission is how the "new york times" sums up the battle inside of the gop to block donald trump from being the party's nominee. the times conducted interview with party lawmakers,
strategists, donors and writes in part "should mr. trump clinch the presidential nomination, it would represent a route of historic proportions for the institutional republican party and could set off an internal rift, unseen in either party for a half century since white southerners aban donned the democratic party in mass during the civil rights movement." joining me on the phone is maggie haber merman. she wrote part of that piece. let me begin with maggie. you write that karl rove, a strategist for george w. bush called a possible nomination a catastrophe. that it would doom the party and says it's not too late to stop him. how big of a concerted effort is there in the gop to do this? >> well, i think as our piece
says, this effort was not much of one for a long time. there's a series of missed opportunities, leadership and indecision and paralysis among donors, operatives and candidates themselves who weren't sure how to take this man on. thought that something would work itself out to consolidate. >> he's had three in a row pretty convincing wins. what we now get is where he will be on the receivingen end of the first sustained negative media in a real way we have seen in a while. you have the super pack on air in a bunch of states, particularly florida. and that could be effective. you have another group, america future fund on friday began hearing featuring people who
described themselves as victims of trump university that they paid money and did not get what they were promised. those are the stories that a are problematic for trump and he is doing what he can to get awe with them with the chris christie endorse and picking up smoke on other topics. but if you are just seeing a reaction within the gop in a real way to this happening, mega whitman, hewlett-packard ceo and former candidate herself who was a top chris christie supporter came out angrily at chris christie for his endorse of donald trump on friday. >> calling him an opportunist. >> first main stream party figure to back trump. it gives a lot of permission for other republicans to go his way. i think that became the moment where people started to realize this is quickly slipping away.
>> politico observes the wall of resistance to trump is crumbling citing congressional endormtss. did christie's support legitimize trump in any way, despite you have others who say chris christie revealed himself as an opportunist by jumping on the jump band wag en? >> the significance of the christie endorsement is it enabled donald trump to change the focus from a tough story for him, his performance in the debate thursday night to a positive story, the fact that chris christie came on board. that's what mattered there. i don't think that christie signifies there thereby anening a 'lanche of endorsements of trump. i am hearing the contrary. many republicans are sharing the ballot with trump if he is the nominee who will not endorse him and run independent races.
>> maggie, if the gop is making a concerted effort to stop donald trump, doesn't that kind of send the message of the establishment trying to derail this person, donald trump and thereby helping him to win more support? >> i mean, i think we are in a bit of a phase where it is a little different at this point in terms of -- i think trump support evers will look at it that way and they will be fired up. but the bigger concern the republicans have had is whether this is an excuse for trump to leave the party and mount a third party candidacy of his own. the hour has become pretty late. the only way to do that third party candidacy, get on the line. that's the only thing i can see. i don't think -- i think trump
has -- because he's taking endorsements now from people who are, you know, figures, chris christie is a pretty establishment figure even if he is not an establishment figure, it is harder argument for trump and that's the risk. that you diminish some of the appeal. this is always going to be a hard line to walk for trump. part of his appeal is the do and say anything candidate. as you get more support, does that become more difficult to maintain in terms of the political system. >> conflicting messages then. this morning, donald trump hinted at an independent run despite the fact there was a pledge signed. so, what happens if this pledge is ignored. >> if donald trump runs as an independent, you could start to say president elect hillary clinton. if donald trump is the republican nominee and some of
the anti-trump republicans follow through on what they are saying privately, that is they will try to get a "real republican," main stream republican candidate on the ballots of at least 40 states you could also get used to saying president elect hillary clinton. >> larry sabato, maggie haberman, thank you. >> thank you. donald trump says he is ready to change the country's libel laws if he becomes president. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever? heart healthy california walnuts. the best simple veggie dish ever? heart healthy california walnuts. the best simple dinner ever? heart healthy california walnuts. great tasting, heart healthy california walnuts. so simple.
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donald trump said he is ready to change the country's libel laws if he were to be president because he wants it to be easier to sue news organizations. trump hasn't shied away from criticizing news organizations, especially those he had a problem. >> the media, the most dishonest human beings on earth. i'm telling you. they are the most dishonest. these people are incompetent and bad people. i have a better vocabulary than those people. are we in the academy awards the "new york times" is going out of business. the worst newspaper, a dead newspaper. >> people don't think of the national review. >> the demoin register is standing outside, too. we will open up the libel laws
so when they write falsely we can sue the media and get the story corrected and get damages. >> i want to bring in cnn's senior media correspondent. cnn senior media and politics reporter. ed to good to see you. brian, how about you first? he said the media is bad. it's unfair, yet, it's the media that is helping him to put himself in just about everybody's living rooms. >> indeed. >> the ultimate love-hate relationship here. you know, without television networks, websites a ennewspapers, donald trump would probably not be the front runner. he used media in a masterful way in order to be more popular. at the same time he expresses distaste and dislike for the immediate yachl the most recent from a "new york times" story he
didn't like how trump has relatively little influence in new york. a love-hate situation here and it will continue for a long time to come. >> joey, if he were to be president, what does he mean he would be able to change the libel laws. is it that simple? >> good afternoon. you know, it is not that simple. i'm not sure what he means. let's talk about why. clearly everyone has an interest in their reputation. people work hard. he worked hard. as a result of that there is a first amendment and limitations to the first amendment. whiek what? you can't yell fire this a theater, "bomb" on a plane. we get that. in understanding that, we need to understand the first amendment balances the right to free speech against the write to speak, produce and do things which may not be actually true. as it relates to public figures like trump it is hard to
establish any type of defamation claims. the "new york times" versus sullivan, which is a supreme court case, 50 years ago, the standard was in order to defame a public official you have to show actual malice, that is that you published something with knowledge it was false or reckless disregard as to it being true. the reality is if you want to change that you have to go to the supreme court. i suspect you could put someone on the supreme court that would be sensitive to the fact there maybe media overreaches, but we know presidents don't control supreme courts and what they do. finally, we also should note that defamation is governed by state law. as a result of that, people in different states sue in their state courts. what do you do? go through the various state legislatures and ask them to amend their laws? it is something when we talk about defamation that supersedes a president's authority. presidents can do a lot of things. can they do everything?
they cannot. >> yeah, it is about first amendment. i'm glad you spelled it out, joey. it might be bluster from donald trump bautds he is a presidential nominee we have to take it seriously. >> i want to ask you while joey said the white house does not supersede or control supreme court but you heard donald trump dance around the value of executive order. is this a case in which he would threaten to use executive order to change, disrupt, ailer the first amendment? >> no. i think this is a case of something that donald trump has done many times throughout his campaign, which is make a largely empty promise that scares a lot of people and sets up a nightmare scenario. there's not a lot there. i reached out to the trump campaign over the weekend. i asked, what are your specific -- what specifically would you like to do to change the laws? how would you deal with the fact
that this is a matter that is handled by states and there is no federal law. would you institute a federal law and what stories or examples of libelle this the media, what sort of news organizations would you sue and why? >> did you get specific answers. >> only answer i got back from the trump campaign spokesperson was mr. trump is asking for nothing but for people to tell the truth. i said no specific policy proposals, no. because there aren't any. so much of what donald trump does is smt promises and going after this media. red meat for his conservative base. suggesting he there throw them in jail or take out litigation against him that helps his cause. i don't think there is anything going on there. until he introduces specific policy proposals i don't think there will be. >> good to see all of you. thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up, in the wake of the water crisis in the city of
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the failure to do so ended with the lead leaking in to the water and a full-blown water crisis. governor schneider said he takes responsibility for the mistakes made by his employees. joining us is sara sidner in flint, michigan. you have spoken to some of the residents of flint, and what are they saying about this? >> reporter: they are furious. this has lifted their level of fury another five wrungs. they have looked at the e-mails and what they see is that some of the top aides in the governor's office were discussing how unhealthy the water was coming from the flint river in to their homes, their taps, their tubs and they were talking about trying to fix the problem but didn't do anything for a full year. that sent the level of trust of government here really, really low. there's anger because their children are testing for lead, because adults are testing for
lead and there are other things like rashes and breakouts because of some of the water. here's what one resident said about the crisis here. >> i want to leave here. i don't know if i can ever trust them saying, okay, we got the lead out of the water. how can we trust them? i don't know if i can ever trust them again. >> one of the governor's legal counsel basically said, the flint river water is absolutely down right scary. his mother lived here and he talked about poking a jab at the emergency manager that made the switch to the flint river saying i could have told him and i'm sure others did that this was a problem that needed to be fixed asap. >> it is outrageous. the flint water crisis has caused a lot of uproar. even tonight, celebrities, the group black out for human rights
will be hosting a free event for the people of michigan. what do you know about this event. >> it is put on by ryan. he is talking about what happened in flint. he wants to shed the spotlight on what is happening here and raise money and give back to flint. this is a free event. 2,000 people, flint redents who have been given free access to a concert. also a director helped to put it together contributing toe the cause. they want the world to see they want to come together and help fix this, the community wants to do something, as well but see it as a state-sponsored human rights violation, frustrated with what they are seeing and those e-mails turned this up. a lot of folks will come here and this will be a concert for the people of flint. >> thank you so much from flint, michigan. the next hour of the
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